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From 9th to 11th of May 2017 Wessex 4x4 Response was one group that was part of a deployment of 4x4 Response UK to an annual training exercise in Portsmouth. Organised by the Students of Portsmouth University as part of their course this event is now well respected both on a national but also on an international level. Representatives from UK Government and NATO being in attendance during the 3-day exercise which had its base at Fort Widley.
Taking part in #ExerciseBulrush in Wiltshire and organised by Wiltshire Search and Rescue.
Taking part in a multi-agency exercise in Wiltshire supporting with logistical support.
Today we are assisting with the marshalling the Two Bays Tough Ten in Weston Super Mare.
Welcome to the new Wessex 4x4 Response Website. It's been a long time coming and we hope that you enjoy the new website.
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Responders are assisting tonight at Bridgwater's Guy Fawkes Carnival helping the organisers put on another brilliant event.
I hope the weather stays good and everyone has an enjoyable show.
Assisting with the Major Incident caused by flooding on the Somerset Levels.
Wessex 4x4 Response, a registered charity staffed wholly by volunteers, has been called into action to assist the Emergency Services and other volunteer agencies during flooding of residential areas in the early hours of Christmas day. The whole of the South West has been hit by very heavy rain and strong winds; on top of this, the ground is already saturated from recent wet weather causing plenty of flooding across the region. The call came through in the early hours of Christmas morning, asking us to mobilise as it was felt that people were at risk.
Not the Midnight Beach Walk in Weston-Super-Mare
The new ISU-D made it's debut public outing and the show was also used to show off our new publicity material. We ran another popular tombola at the show, raising funds for the Wessex 4x4 Group. Throught the weekend there was a steady flow of people who were interested in joining Wessex 4x4 Response.
Dorset County Show in Dorchester
Lynch Plant Show & Open Day in Bridgewater
Emergency Services Day WSM in Weston-Super-mare
Steam Faye & Vintage Vehicle Rally in Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton
Burnham Escape Day in Burnham-on-Sea
Freewheelers EVS, transporting blood for the NHS in Somerset
Desktop Flood Exercise with Somerset County Council
A quick call out to assist Freewheelers EVS, transporting blood for the NHS in Somerset
Joint Voluntary Agencies Training Event - Stoke St Gregory
Exhibiting at Brymore School.
Today we signed an MOU between Freewheelers EVS and Wessex 4x4 Response to work together. Our role will be to offer cover for when the conditions are too dangerous for the motorcycles to be out on the roads. The recent winter where it there was ice and snow in the roads hampered their efforts to transport supplies to where they were needed.
We had a stand at the Cherished Vehicle Show in Chippenham.
Wessex 4x4 Responders visited the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance station today.
We attended the 2013 Abbey Hill Steam Rally at the Yeovil Showground.
Though it was a cold start to a Sunday morning, Wessex 4x4 Response Members appeared on Weston-Super-Mare Beach Front. Meeting up at the Victorian Cafe on the beach to begin planning what we are going to do for the day and also to get some needed Tea and Coffee into our systems. After that we headed over to the organisers and got a briefing from them, they were pleased to see 9 Wessex 4x4 Response Vehicles there.
Friday 18th January,
In the early hours of Friday morning the Wessex area was hit by heavy snowfall, the snow was 10-20cm deep. This caused chaos for the morning commute and a large number of schools closed due to the snow. Wessex 4x4 Response was on hand to assist with the issues faced by the emergency services. The control team was very busy dealing with the incoming calls for help as dawn approached and hospitals realised that they needed help to get staff into work. Also calls started to come in for Wessex 4x4 Response to assist with medical staff keeping to appointments for home visits. Calls for assistance continued throughout the night with very little chance for a break.
Wessex 4x4 Response attends thank you reception hosted by Somerset County Council
Brothers and sisters of Naomi House patients were treated to an off road driving experience by Wessex 4x4 Response members on Sunday the 6th January. The day out in rural Wiltshire consisted of a drive along Shaftesbury Drove, and then a trip to Glebe Hall in Winterbourne Earls for a lunch break. After lunch we headed over to Pro-Driver Training for a couple of hours driving around their off-road course. The kids really enjoyed this part as they got bounced around in the 4x4s as they drove around the woodland section.
Callouts assisting at Muchelney Flood
Assisting British Red Cross during Floods in Somerset.
Helping veterans attend Armistice Service at Uphill.
Evacuation and Rest Centre Exercise, Yeovil
For the Dorset County Show, we had a Display stand and also helped the organisers with running various events over the weekend.
This was our first time attending Devizes Carnival. We had been asked to help out in a public safety role, supplying road marshals to man the various road blocks needed to keep the traffic trough Devizes separate from the carnival procession and the crowds watching. Our attendance was proceeded by being emailed a very comprehensive set of briefing documents, which detailed exactly what we were expected to do, which was good, because the complex plan involved road diversions that had to be changed while the carnival was in progress. The plan included allowing the local bus services to continue to run and to avoid gridlock in the town, while protecting the route of the carnival from traffic, the carnival meandering in a large circular route through the town centre.
According to local news reports a vehicle had hit a gas main causing a major gas leak in Ilminster at midnight, resulting in around 50 residents in the vicinity being evacuated by the Police. Wessex 4x4 Response was called by the Somerset Duty Contingencies Officer warning us of possibly deploying responders to help with a rest centre for the people affected by the gas leak. Just 15 minutes later, we were informed that the gas board had arrived and were able to fix the leak very quickly.
The situation now being under control we were stood down.
Link: news report
This is not one of our usual events that we attend, turning up at 23:59 on a bank holiday Saturday, setting up radio links and erecting a shelter in a windswept and empty car park in a remote part of moonlit Wiltshire.
We were helping RAYNET to provide communications and safety vehicle support to the Ridgeway Challenge, an 85 mile race organised by the UK Trail Running Association, following the ancient Ridgeway from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Avebury in Wiltshire.
Burnham Escape Day at Burnham-on-Sea
This year we had a stand at the Rallyday Show at Castle Combe Circuit which has been running for 10 years, and is now expanding from it's rally roots to include a 4x4 element with 4x4 clubs and trade stands, infield 4x4 demonstration and an exhibition parade.
A weekend of heavy rain in Dorset meant that we had 6 deployments for NHS and care services in Bridport and Dorchester flood areas.
Major deployment to extract vehicles at Isle of Wight Festival
Bob Hatcher wins Prime Minister's Big Society Award 2012
Standby from Somerset CCU due to anticipated flooding requiring resident evacuations to multiple evacuation centres across the South West.
BBC News Coverage
Exhibiting at the Emergency Services Show, Taunton.
This was the first event of its kind for Frome, organised by Frome Town Council as an opportunity for voluntary and charity groups to get together, swap ideas, and let everyone know who and what we are. The event was also open to the general public so they could get an idea of the various voluntary groups and organisations in the area. It was reasonably attended, the event lasting from 9am to 3pm.
Members attending: WE15, WE131.
Supporting the popular Tough Ten Challenge race for charity.
All had a splendid day with a good turnout and weather for the race, thanks for our support from the organisers, a bit of fun in the mud to entertain the remaining spectators after the race had ended, and a well-earned cup of tea to finish.
Support to Avon & Somerset LRF - Transporting delegates from conference at Portishead near Bristol.
Support to the Plain Crazy event on Salisbury Plain in aid of the Royal British Legion
Standby from Somerset CCU re anticipated winter storm (Met Office amber alert)
Helping veterans attend Armistice Service at Uphill.
Callout to assist Somerset CCU transport stores to Rest Centre for Bridgewater evacuees from River Parrett wall collapse.
Event Support for an Arab Horse Marathon on Salisbury Plain
We had a very successful day at this year's show, with 13 members attending and a good position next to the arena. There were plenty of visitors to our stand, including some potential recruits, and we made contact with many of the other organisations attending, reinforcing existing relationships and forging new ones. We also received some positive feedback from user bodies. Despite the forecast, the weather remained fine apart from a short light shower threatening near the end, but that didn't deter the crowds staying to watch the vehicle parade finale.
Assisting RAYNET in supporting the Ridgeway Challenge
Member assists Great Western Air Ambulance paramedic to reach a casualty
Our Anual outing to the Burnham-on-Sea Escape day was another enjoyable day at the beach.
See us in the Local news report of the day.
On a nice sunny day in an otherwise rainy week, 34 members, accompanied by friends and family, and members of the Royal Artillery 4x4 Rally Team, spent the day at Foxham 4x4 site, the site being kindly donated by the owner for our group's use for the day.
A member of Wessex 4x4 Response assisted an SWAS Ambulance crew. Evacuating a casualty to the other side of a stream where the Ambulance crew then transported the casualty to a hospital in a ground ambulance.
Bob's invitation had been proposed by Dorset Police, in recognition of the work achieved by Wessex 4x4 Response during recent years, including the severe cold weather of December 2010 and the year before. In typical fashion, Bob commented
This is not only an honour for me, but recognition of Wessex 4x4 Response, and 4x4 Response nationally.
We were invited to take part along with the various Blue light services in a 999 fun day for primary school children organised by the Fire service. An opportunity to spread the word amongst the next generation.
Vehicle support for the 2011 Mendip Challenge.
A publicity, recruiting and fund-raising opportunity for the group, held at the 4x4 evening of the Poole Quay for my Car event, a different car theme happening each Friday evening throughout the summer.
For more information about the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, visit their website.
Today at their HQ in Warmley, Wessex 4x4 Response signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Red Cross WAG (Wiltshire, Avon & Gloucestershire)
Wessex 4x4 Response was a part of the recent Exercise Watermark organised by Avon & Somerset LRF
And so ended another short visit by members of Wessex 4x4 Response to the Great Western Air Ambulance at Filton Airfield.
Or so we thought... Just four minutes later, the scramble had been aborted and the helicopter and crew returned to base, allowing us to continue our visit as planned.
Emergency response charities Wessex 4x4 Response and the British Red Cross will work together to support vulnerable people during emergencies such as floods and extreme weather events in Somerset.
This weekend we supported the 2011 Tough Ten Challenge at Weston Super Mare. Assisting the organisers with vehicles to various checkpoints and to marshal areas of concern.
Callout to assist Avon & Somerset Cliff Rescue Ambulance stuck near Burrington Coombe.
Other events supported and attended during 2011:
Portishead Carnival, Lions Frome, Classics at the Castle, Yeovil Community Safety Day.
Plain Crazy 2010 is a 14-mile race across the military training area of Salisbury Plain, on the 27th December at 11am, starting and finishing at Quebec Barn, which is on the B390, just off the A36 Salisbury Road near to Warminster Wiltshire.
Between the 17th to the 26th of December 2010 multiple agencies call on Wessex 4x4 Response to assist in the areas of Dorset, Somerset & Wiltshire due to ice and snow.
Between the 3rd and the 5th of December, Wessex 4x4 Response had callouts to assist Dorset NHS due to snow & ice. 10 deployments moving essential staff into hospitals, and nurses to home care visits.
Wessex 4x4 Response were called out to assist GWAS (Great Western Ambulance Service) ambulance on icy Wiltshire roads.
Exercise Manx - Rest Centre exercise with Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit
Wessex 4x4 Response had a stand at the 2010 Emergency Services Show at Hullavington Airbase.
Pete WE30 organised a visit to the Great Western Air Ambulance station at Filton for a few of the Wessex 4x4 Response members. A great and fascinating time was had by all that visited Filton.
Wessex 4x4 Response spent the weekend assisting with support at Checkpoints for the 2010 Mendip Challenge in aid of Weston Hospice Care.
As part of our ongoing training, members of the Wessex 4x4 Response control team took part in a training and exercise session. The training included revision of our operational procedures, hands-on instruction and familiarisation with our new online incident management system, and a desktop exercise to put the knowledge gained into practice.
One of our sponsors, Cadbury Hilton Hotel & Spa, kindly made their facilities available to us, allowing our controllers to come together for this essential training.
This weekend we supported the 2010 Tough Ten Challenge at Weston Super Mare. Assisting the organisers with vehicles to various checkpoints and to marshal areas of concern.
From the 5th to the 13th of January we were called out by GWAS, Dorset & Somerset CCUs due to severe ice and snow.
Some of the other events we supported and attended during 2010:
Endurance GB Horse Ride, Abbey Hill Festival of Steam, 999 Day for Schools, Armed Forces Day W-S-M, Royal Bath & West Show, Helicopter Museum, Portishead Carnival, LR Show SW, Dorset Police Blue Light Roadshow, Burnham-on-Sea Escape Day, Worle Family Fun Day
Multiple callouts to assist GWAS - Major incident declared region wide by Ambulance service.
Assist Great Western Ambulance Service due to adverse weather conditions.
Exercise Sea Dart, Portland. A multi agency exercise testing the response of the Emergency Services to a major incident at sea.
Stand-by to assist Somerset CCU due to severe gas leak, possibly requiring evacuation of 1 or more villages.
Requested to assist GWAS Helicopter, vehicle needed in Forest of Dean. Request passed to Gloucestershire 4x4 Response.
Callout to assist Dorset Police due to severe road conditions.
Callout to assist Devon & Cornwall Police due to severe road conditions.
Callout to major incident caused by harsh weather conditions (operation Alabaster).
Callout to assist Dorset Police provide support to Adult Care Services
Standby at the request of various Blue light Services due to severe flooding in all counties within our area.
Multi-day (15th-16th November) exercise working with Dartmoor Search & Rescue.
Call out at request of Devon and Cornwall Police to assist at Ottery St Mary due to exceptional weather. BBC News Report
Support to Avon & Somerset Police - Beach Run.
Standby at request of GWAST due to anticipated adverse weather.
Exercise Equinox will be held over two days, 26-27 September 2008, The exercise will allow all the responding agencies, which include all the emergency services, health services, local authorities, military, environment agency, rail companies, the voluntary agencies and media amongst others, to practice their emergency responses in a safe and fairly realistic learning environment. The exercise will include elements such as evacuation, a rest centre, media centre, emergency mortuary, casualty bureau, victim identification etc and will involve approximately 500 responders on the first day alone.
Support to Mendip Hospice Care - Beach Walk.
Standby at request of Gloucester out-of-hours Doctor's Services - may require assistance due to severe weather.
Callout to help deploy Dartmoor Search & Rescue team in search for Missing Person
Support at Mendip Challenge event in aid of Weston Hospice Care.
Support to "Tough Ten Challenge" for Weston Hospice Care.
A display of our vehicles at Ilfracombe Rescue Day
Major flooding in Gloucestershire meant that both the local 4x4 Response group got called out but also Wessex 4x4 Response went along to offer mutual aid.
Display stand at 2007 Minehead Show
Standby from GWAST via Somerset CCU re anticipated snow.
Somerset Local Authorities Civil Contingencies Unit Exercise Order Exercise Hermes Major Live Rest Centre Exercise With An Evacuation Scenario
Thursday, October 12th, 2006 At The Cartgate Roundabout
Evacuation Site, Wincanton Racecourse Operating As A Large Rest Centre And Taunton Rugby Football Club Operating As A Large Rest Centre.
Standby for possible coastal flooding
Standby for reported UnExploded Bomb at Haymarket Bristol
The incident started with a suspicious package delivered to Wells Job centre and resulted in a call to us at 16:50
Wet weather at the 2005 Glastonbury Festival resulted in an all weekend stand-by.
The extracts below are from our incident logs
|2005-06-24||12:30:00||Pilton||SCC EPO||Message received from EPO by Tony Walsh advising that we are on standby for Pilton -- transport of blankets etc due to adverse weather.|
|2005-06-24||13:30:00||Pilton||S4x4R||Alert sent, available units R1, R4, R6, R16, R28, R22, R33, R38. R3, R30 working on site, R21 available to midnight today|
|2005-06-24||14:00:00||Pilton||SCC EPO||Red X have transported the blankets. However due to conditions on site S4x4R are required to standby for duration of festival. Update sent to members.|
|2005-06-24||17:10:00||Pilton||S4x4R||R35 R36 Now also available|
|2005-06-24||20:30:00||Pilton||S4x4R||R12 available if required R37 available from Sat evening|
|2002-06-27||17:05:00||Pilton||SCC EPO||Stand-down e-mail (timed 14.00) received from SCC EPO. Stand-down SMS sent to all members|
The R number referred to above identifies our member as in Response 1 etc. this saves any confusion between the various Johns etc.
Restex 2005, a desktop exercise to test the plans for an Evacuation & Rest Centre Exercise.